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Pete Burns was penniless when he died

CBB pal George Galloway reveals he was asking for loans

Pop star Pete Burns was hard up and penniless before he died, it has been revealed.

Just days after it was revealed that the acid tongued songster had died of a heart attack, his former Celebrity Big Brother housemate George Galloway has revealed that Pete was in desperate need for cash.

According to the former MP the singer would occasionally as for a bit of financial help.

“Pete was really hard up,” George says. “I myself had to help him out of a jam or two.”

He added: “He had a lot of difficulties in his life, no doubt.

"He had a very bad operation on his lips in Italy and bankrupted himself with the legal costs of suing for compensation for an operation that went wrong.”

The pair first met when they appeared in Celebrity Big Brother back in 2006 alongside Michael Barrymore Preston, Chantelle Houghton and Jodie Marsh.

Jus recently, prior to Pete Burns death, Jodie admitted that she had had a terrible time in the house with Pete because she felt as though she had been bullied by him.

'I was in there with the three worst people I could possibly be in there with, which was Michael Barrymore, George Galloway and Pete Burns, absolutely vile,' she told Andy West.

“I was very weak, very emotional, very vulnerable, in a bad place and then I was basically harassed by three drag queens, all three of them.”

Jodie also confessed that her tim int he house had left her with nightmares about Pete that kept her awake at night.

“I swear on my mum’s life I had nightmares about Pete Burns’ face looming over me,” she said. “I’d wake up and see his big face looming over me and there’s nothing there.”

The former model also says she been asked to appear again on Celebrity Big Brother but has always refused, admitting: “Every year they ask me, I just say ‘No, sorry I’m busy.’ I want to make my own shows now. If I had nothing else on and needed the money I’d probably consider it."

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Nicholas Cage

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Donald Trump

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Pamela Anderson

Baywatch icon Anderson reportedly managed to get herself more than $1m in debt while renovating her Malibu home in 2009, forcing her to sell up. She’s twice fallen foul of the tax authorities, being hit for almost $2m unpaid taxes in 2010 and 2011.

50 Cent

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Stephen Baldwin

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Michael Jackson

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Kim Basinger

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Mike Tyson

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Marvin Gaye

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Meat Loaf

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